Why architecture needs VR

Times are steadily changing. With advancements in technology occurring at an increasingly accelerating rate, it’s easy to get left behind, unaware of all the incredible boons modern tech has to offer. Industries such as building design, construction, etc., can greatly benefit from implementing such technologies, especially considering how much more they are expected to evolve in the upcoming years.

 

Architecture and VR

Even to the layman, architecture and virtual reality are obviously a match made in heaven. Thanks to the immersive capabilities of VR, architects can gain many more opportunities when it comes to presenting their project to their client in a way that is digestible to anyone, without any need for knowledge of architectural drawings and models. VR can greatly influence the way buildings are designed, showcased, and constructed, giving architects even more tools to really bring their visions to life. But what exactly is VR?

The essence of VR

Virtual reality is hardly something to be explained nowadays. Once a concept reserved for science fiction, VR has become widespread enough that most people are not only aware of it, but even use it for entertainment. it helps that in recent years virtual reality has become much more affordable than ever. What VR gives is a visceral experience that few other forms of media can achieve by allowing the user total immersion into the virtual world through a headset. This level of interactivity can be used for so much more than just video games, however – it opens up a whole new world of opportunity for architecture.

A bold step for architecture

To say that VR can be useful for architecture is an understatement. Before even getting to the very essence of its utility in terms of design, VR can help immensely in terms of marketing alone. After all, giving your client an opportunity to see the project brought to life with their own eyes even before it is completed is one of the best ways to market your service. It can leave an impression on your client  that goes far beyond just showing them a 2D or even 3D image, as those still carry a level of abstractness that may be completely readable to you, but are not very approachable for the layman. VR eliminates the middleman, giving clients exactly what they want to see before they make a decision – one that will most likely be in your favour.

This brings us to the most essential benefit of VR, and that is simply providing architects with the latest generation of design tools. Though the technology is still in relative infancy, the potential VR promises is immense. Tactile, intuitive, VR technology will allow architects to see and customise the fine details of their project even before construction has begun, leaving room for tweaks and corrections before anything is set in stone. Not only does it help limit financial losses, but it also simply opens up a great number of creative opportunities.